Infant feeding and factors related to breastfeeding


  • Nileide Lima Araújo
  • Luisa Helena de Oliveira Lima
  • Edina Araújo Rodrigues Oliveira
  • Elaine de Sousa Carvalho
  • Felipe Tavares Duailibe
  • Laura Maria Feitosa Formiga


Feeding, Infant, Nursing, Breast Feeding.


This study aimed to investigate the feeding and the factors related to breastfeeding of infants in the city of Picos-PI, Brazil. This is a descriptive cross-sectional study conducted in four Family Health Units, in April-May 2011, with 90 children under 12 months, whose mothers attended the units to vaccinate them. We used a form to obtain socioeconomic data of the family and the child and data on the food offered. The rates of exclusive breastfeeding and predominant breastfeeding were 57.8% and 47.8% respectively, and exclusive breastfeeding had a median duration of 1 month. The duration of exclusive breastfeeding presented a statistically significant (p<0.05) and positive association with: having been breastfed in the first hour of birth, maternal age, and mother’s level of education. We concluded that the feeding practices studied were inappropriate for children under one year. 





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Araújo, N. L., Lima, L. H. de O., Oliveira, E. A. R., Carvalho, E. de S., Duailibe, F. T., & Formiga, L. M. F. (2013). Infant feeding and factors related to breastfeeding. Rev Rene, 14(6). Retrieved from



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